Reactions – Artists’ Responses to Conflict

IWM North
Contemporary Art

At IWM North, we've been commissioning high-quality artworks, events, workshops and live performances from contemporary artists for our Reactions series since 2010.

The Reactions programme encourages artistic responses to the themes, architecture and collections of the museum that will unveil new and unique ways to explore the impact of conflict on everyone involved.

Find out about the pieces currently on display at IWM North below.

An image of the Crusader by Gerry Judah

The Crusader by Gerry Judah, 2010

Artist Gerry Judah’s stunning sculpture The Crusader is his comment on modern day wars, and it also resonates with the history of world conflict.
The towering sculpture is covered by a network of war-damaged buildings. This devastated urban landscape echoes the themes within the museum’s architecture of a world shaped by conflict.

An image of A star shall stride from Jacob and a sceptre bearer shall rise by Chava Rosenzweig

A star shall stride from Jacob and a sceptre bearer shall rise by Chava Rosenzweig, 2013

Manchester based artist Chava Rosenzweig’s ceramic artwork explores the impact of the Holocaust on second and third generation survivors, such as herself. The stars represent the Star of David, a symbol of pride for Jewish people that was turned into a symbol of humiliation by the Nazis. Each one has been fired in a gas kiln and been uniquely affected by the process. The installation reveals how the Holocaust has shaped people’s identity and asks you to consider what it is like to live with this legacy.

©Gerry Judah  ©Chava Rosenzweig

Funded by the Arts Council

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